Capital & Operating Budget
Award Winning Financial Excellence
The St. Louis County Board and staff are working to finalize the 2015 budget. On September 23, commissioners approved the preliminary maximum property tax levy in the amount of $116,631,195 (overview presentation available here). This is a 2.9% increase over the current year. The increased levy dollars will help fund debt service for key capital investments, including the renovation of the Government Services Center in Duluth and needed upgrades to the Northeast Regional Corrections Center (NERCC); provides additional support for public safety initiatives such as the operational costs to support a medium-security area at NERCC; and preserves road and bridge investments and human services programming. Establishing the levy is a key step in the budget process. The 2015 budget will be adopted on December 16, 2014. Public meetings to provide opportunity for input have been scheduled for December 4 at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Virginia and December 11 at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth, both meetings start at 7 p.m.
The operating budget allows the County to carry out its mission and deliver high quality yet efficient services to citizens in the areas of planning and zoning, land and minerals management, solid waste and recycling, public works, health, human services, criminal justice, community development and general government services.
The budget process provides the County Board and its management staff an opportunity to annually reexamine the services provided within the County. It is a lengthy and comprehensive process that begins early each year.
2013-2017 Capital Improvement Program Amendment
Each year, as an integral part of its annual budget process, St. Louis County updates its Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP is a plan that matches the county's major capital needs regarding long-term physical asset development with the financial ability to meet these needs in a manner that attempts to better ensure the effective and efficient provision of government services and operations while maintaining a strong county infrastructure. The county's CIP identifies projects that have been designed to support existing or projected needs in the following areas: transportation infrastructure (road and bridges), county facilities, land improvement/development/acquisition, equipment purchases and technology. (View the 2013-2017 CIP draft.)